Nurse Practitioners are the innovative solution to Canada’s health care woes

So why aren’t we making use of this important human resource?   It was recently national Nurse Practitioner Week, but you would be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Nurse Practitioners.  Most Canadians haven’t — and most don’t know their value to our health care system. You may be even more surprised to learn that […]

A national seniors strategy needs to account for complexity in the aging process

Canadians 65 years and older now outnumber children 14 years and under, which means our needs as a society are changing.  We are succeeding in shifting the aging curve through preventive interventions and better public health — that’s good news. But the changing demographic is causing strains in our health and social care supports. How […]

Making our pan-Canadian health organizations ‘Fit for Purpose’

Canadian Medicare would not exist without the actions of the federal government. But in recent years, there has been an atrophy of the imagination about Ottawa’s role in health policy, as if federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories were the beginning and the end of everything.  Last week, we submitted a report to […]

Three nutrition trends to stay away from — based on the best evidence

If you follow health tips in the media, you’d think the nutritional sciences are a mess: Is butter good for you or is it bad? Should I eat breakfast or skip it? Should I eat like a caveman? Or maybe should I eat more like a bird?

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